Massimo Luciani

DNA nanorobots with thrombin molecules (Image courtesy Jason Drees, Arizona State University. All rights reserved)

An article published in the journal “Nature Biotechnology” describes a research that uses nanotechnologies based on the exploitation of DNA for medical purposes. A team of scientists from Arizona State University (ASU) and the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences programmed nanorobots to cut tumorss’ blood supply.

Supernova by C.A. Higgins

The novel “Supernova” by C.A. Higgins was published for the first time in 2016. It’s the second book of the Lightless trilogy and follows “Lightless”.

The Mallt-y-Nos started its revolution against the System on all colonized planets and moons, but above all on Earth. However, disagreements among the organization’s leaders and the uncertainties about who are the allies and who are the enemies make the liberation of the solar system complex. The revolution might burn anyone who gets involved.

On the spacecraft Ananke, the artificial intelligence on board was modified to such a point that it was transformed into a sentient creature but it’s totally devoid of experience. Althea Bastet, the ship’s computer expert, tries to assess her skills but being a mother to a creature different from any ever existed before is difficult, especially if she can destroy anyone who threatens her.

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) in Will You Take My Hand? (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“Will You Take My Hand?” is the 15th episode – also the 1st season finale – of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “The War Without, The War Within”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “Will You Take My Hand?”.

Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) leads the operations in the mission on the planet Qo’noS despite some problems with the crew, not used to her attitude, typical in the mirror universe. During the reconnaissance that’s supposed to aim to gather information, Cadet Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) discovers the real plan and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) finds herself once again in the position of having to make crucial choices.

Artist's concept of Carboniferous rainforest (Image courtesy Mark Ryan. All rights reserved)

An article published in the journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B” describes a research on the changes that occurred during the Carboniferous rainforest collapse. According to a team of scientists led by the British University of Birmingham, a climate change that occurred about 307 million years ago caused a drought that led to the extinction of some groups of tetrapods, the first vertebrates that lived on the mainland, favoring at the same time other groups.

Jules Verne circa 1878

Jules Gabriel Verne was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France. In the course of his activity as a writer, Jules Verne produced works of various genres but only in 1863 he published the novel “Five weeks in a balloon” (“Cinq semaines en ballon”). The author put together various adventurous elements that characterized his production that put together a sense of wonderful and detailed technical-scientific descriptions.

At the beginning of the 20th century Jules Verne suffered from some serious health problems, including diabetes. Together with his family he had moved to Amiens, where he died on March 24, 1905. Some of his works were published posthumously. For years he was considered above all an author of works for kids and his merits were particularly appreciated by fans of science fiction, a genre that started developing in its modern meaning in the following decades. This author’s importance was fully recognized only with the passage of time.